Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Faculty

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Landscape Architecture and Horticulture Faculty

  • Associate Professor and Program Head of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
    Horticulture

    Sasha W. Eisenman, PhD

    • Email: eisenman@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8168
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 101
    • Sasha Eisenman is a botanist and horticulturist with a diverse portfolio of research projects. Currently, his primary area of research is on the survival, health and ecophysiological responses of plants in green infrastructure systems (tree trenches, bioswales and rain gardens). 

      In addition to green infrastructure, his other areas of research are Central Asian medicinal plants, rare and endangered plant species, the history of botany and horticulture, botanical nomenclature and pollination biology in the genus Salvia L. 

      He is co-author and lead...

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  • Associate Professor and Curricular Head of Landscape Architecture
    Landscape Architecture

    Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, MLA, RLA, ASLA

    • Email: phurleyk@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8187
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 207
    • Pauline Hurley-Kurtz is a registered landscape architect with expertise in the design of memorials and healing gardens. She was the design landscape architect for the award winning Irish Great Hunger Memorial, a garden of remembrance that includes elements of the Irish and Piedmont landscapes in Philadelphia. Hurley-Kurtz led the design and installation of the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden in the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, which includes a labyrinth, meadow, woodland edge and a series of rain gardens.
       
      Hurley-Kurtz has documented memorials...

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  • Assistant Professor of Instruction of Landscape Architecture Landscape Architecture

    Kate Benisek, MALD, MLA, ASLA

    • Email: kate.benisek@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8186
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon 206 and Main Campus, Architecture 213
    • Kate Benisek is a landscape architect, civic ecologist and urban horticulturist. Kate is an environmental educator who teaches undergraduate courses offered as part of the General Education program, undergraduate design studio courses and the graduate-level "Wetland/Riparian Design Studio."
       
      Kate worked as a landscape designer with the Charles River Watershed Association in Boston, Massachusetts, where she contributed to community and municipal planning and urban design projects that focused on the development of stormwater management initiatives for a regional...

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  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
    Landscape Architecture

    Rob Kuper, PLA

    • Email: rkuper@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8179
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Bright Hall 101B
    • Website: https://sites.temple.edu/rkuper/
    • Rob Kuper, a licensed landscape architect, has co-directed design-build studio course projects that have received over 30 awards. In urban open space design and landscape engineering courses, Rob emphasizes clear communication, rational justification, critical inquiry and low or no energy and carbon emissions.
       
      Rob’s research has focused on how time affects the human perception of landscapes. He has proposed moving the Mountain-Central Standard Time Zone Boundary to coincide with the climatic boundary that defines the Great Plains; examined whether seasonally-induced...

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  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture
    Landscape Architecture

    Baldev Lamba, MLA, RLA, ASLA

    • Email: blamba@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-337-3195
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 107
    • Website: www.lambaassociates.wordpress.com
    • Baldev Lamba has more than three decades of experience working as an Architect and Landscape Architect in India, the Middle East and the United States. Lamba’s award-winning projects include the First Ladies Water Garden on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the Campus Design Competition in India; Hansell Park in Buckingham, PA; and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden in Philadelphia, PA. Lamba’s notable accomplishments also include the Excellence in Research and Creative Work Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape...

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  • Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
    Horticulture, Landscape Architecture

    Michael Olszewski, PhD

    • Email: michael.walter.olszewski@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8182
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 205
    • Michael Olszewski is an expert in horticultural substrates and seed germination. He has practiced as both a plant biologist and scientist before joining Temple’s faculty. 

      His extensive research has generated several publications, including entries in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, HortTechnology, Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Seed Science & Technology, Compost Science and Utilization, and Horticulture, Environment and Biotechnology (HEB). He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural...

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  • Professor of Landscape Architecture
    Landscape Architecture

    Lolly Tai, PhD, RLA, FASLA

    • Email: lollytai@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8189
    • Office: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 105
    • Website: https://sites.temple.edu/lollytai/
    • Lolly Tai is a licensed landscape architect whose work is focused on sustainable landscape design. Tai’s experience includes a wide range of landscape architectural design projects of varying scope and scales. She incorporates innovative technologies of best management practices, green infrastructure and forward-looking strategies into her classroom projects. Tai’s courses include design studios, research design methods, computer graphics, materials and methods of construction and site engineering.
       
      Tai’s research emphasis is on designing spaces that afford children the...

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  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Cynthia Ahern

    • Email: tuc74208@temple.edu
    • Cynthia Ahern is a naturalist who focuses on interrelationships between plants and animals in natural and manipulated environments. She creates landscapes featuring native plants with high nutritional value for pollinators and other wildlife. Her interests and research include quantifying Salvia nectar for hummingbirds, boreal plant communities, native plant communities and sustainable cultivation of food crops.

      BS Hort, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

      • Tyler Certificates in Landscape Plants and Environmental Sustainability
  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Vincent Aloyo

    • Email: jason.vinicio.aloyo@temple.edu
    • Website: www.vincemasterbeekeeper.com
    • Vincent Aloyo is an Eastern Apiculture Society-certified Master Beekeeper and Principal at Aloyo Apiculture and Education, which focuses on all aspects of apiculture, such as honey production, queen rearing and nuc production, as well as education in any facet of apiculture.

      Postdoc, Utrecht University, the Netherlands
      PhD, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
      MS, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
      BS, Cornell University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Jeremy Avellino

    • Jeremy Avellino is the owner of Bright Common, which provides a full array of professional architectural services. Their work is rooted in research, place, continuous collaboration and exploring what’s mutually beneficial for clients, the communities they serve and a thriving planet.

      BArch, Thomas Jefferson University (Philadelphia University)

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Joni Baumgarten

    • Website: www.jonibaumgarten.com
    • Joni Baumgarten is a soil and plant ecologist who studies the interaction of soil and plant communities and the way that soil communities facilitate plant diversity.

      BA, Barnard College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Thomas Bilotta

    • Email: bilotta@temple.edu
    • Thomas Bilotta teaches Aquaponics at Temple University’s Ambler Campus, where students, faculty and staff continue to expand a fully-developed and growing aquaponics garden and research lab. In his aquaponics teaching and research, he works alongside community organizations, schools, entrepreneurs, veterans and students to "farm for our future.”

      MS, Drexel University
      BS, Delaware Valley College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Zoe Boothe-Jarrett

    • Email: zoe.boothe-jarrett@temple.edu
    • Zoe Boothe-Jarrett is a landscape architect and project manager at OLIN Studio's Philadelphia office where he works on a diverse range of projects, including the Wanda Vista Tower and Willis Tower in Chicago IL, as well as the University of Washington's North Campus Housing project in Seattle WA. In addition, he is part of a team leading OLIN's integration of Revit into typical project workflows.

      BSLA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Amanda Branum

    • Email: amanda.branum@temple.edu
    • Amanda Branum is a Philadelphia-based landscape designer who works for Refugia Ltd.—a design/build firm specializing in ecological landscape design and installation. She is interested in how landscaping can have a positive impact on local ecosystems through native, pollinator-friendly planting design, stormwater managment and other creative design choices.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Messiah College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Charlene Briggs

    • Email: charlene.briggs@temple.edu
    • Website: www.earthvisionsconsulting.com
    • As a scientist and educator, Charlene Briggs helps develop critical thinking skills in her students as they investigate and practically implement sustainable design concepts at the intersection of ecology, economy and social responsibility.

      MAEd, Arcadia University
      BS, University of Maryland

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Darrell Campana

    • Email: darrell.campana@temple.edu
    • With more than 16 years of professional experience in landscape architecture, Darrell Campana teaches students in the utilization of efficient computer software techniques and data management. He collaborates with students on best software practices and applications while completing project work.

      BLA, Pennsylvania State University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Tracey Cohen

    • Tracey Cohen is the Technical Director of AKRF—a multidisciplinary consulting firm specializing in environmental, planning and engineering services. She has extensive experience in ecological planning, design and restoration. Her professional practice ranges widely from public parks and greenways to nature preserves and reclaimed brownfields, as well as educational and corporate campuses.

      MLA, University of Pennsylvania
      MA, New York University
      BS, Rutgers University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Michael Coll

    • Email: tuf82974@temple.edu
    • Michael Coll has managed landscapes in southeastern Pennsylvania for the past 12 years. His focus is the restoration of native ecosystems to facilitate biodiversity and ecosystem functionality. Currently Michael lives on and manages Hildacy Preserve for the non-profit Natural Lands.

      MES, University of Pennsylvania
      BFA, Kutztown University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Anthony Croasdale

    • Tony Croasdale has made fostering ecological literacy his life's work. He is the director of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation’s Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center and the co-host of the Urban Wildlife Podcast.

      BS Hort, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Mark Gallagher

    • Mark Gallagher is a restoration ecologist and vice president of Princeton Hydro, where he focuses on his favorite project types: ecological restoration and green infrastructure. He is especially interested in urban restoration.

      MS, Rutgers University
      BS, Moravian College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Andrew Hayes

    • Email: andrew.hayes0001@temple.edu
    • Andrew Hayes is the senior engineer at ForeSite Associates, Inc.—a land planning, civil engineering and land surveying firm. He uses creative design solutions to solve the difficult land use and environmental issues at hand, helping create responsible land development projects that add positive value to the community, the owner's bottom line and the environment.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BAS and BAAS, University of Delaware

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Erik Karlsson

    • Email: erik.karlsson@temple.edu
    • Website: www.karlssonrla.com
    • Erik Karlsson is a landscape architect, planner and educator with more than 25 years of experience. He is the owner of C. Erik Karlsson, RLA, a landscape architecture design firm offering site, urban, environmental and community design and planning.

      MLA, University of Pennsylvania
      BS, University of Delaware

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Michael LoFurno

    • Email: mlf4545@temple.edu
    • With over 35 years of experience as a registered landscape architect and active participant in the horticultural and botanical communities, Michael LoFurno is committed to environmentally responsible design and thoughtful planning. Driving his approach to landscape architecture are a respect for materials and the ways they can be employed to create meaningful and inspiring places.

      BSLA, Pennsylvania State University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Sarah Miller

    • Email: sarahmiller@temple.edu
    • A landscape architect at OLIN, Sarah Miller thrives on solving challenging design problems, particularly those that require innovative detailing or substantial earthwork manipulation. She is particularly interested in exploring projects at the intersection of landscape architecture and architecture, using her multi-disciplinary background to create inclusive and inspiring spaces to be enjoyed by their inhabitants for years to come.

      MLA, University of Virginia
      MArch, University of Virginia
      BSArch, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Amita Mohan

    • Email: amita.mohan@temple.edu
    • Amita Mohan is passionate about research and teaching. She is interested in understanding basic molecular and physiological plant processes and how plants respond to environmental stresses.

      PhD, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, India
      MS, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut, India

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Susan Mrugal

    • Email: susan.mrugal@temple.edu
    • Susan Mrugal is a registered landscape architect and field ecologist with a focus on plant identification and ecological restoration. She specializes in immersing students in the world of plant communities and showing them how to incorporate their interactions in design as well as the importance of professional collaboration.

      MS, West Chester University
      BSLA, Pennsylvania State University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Kevin Reis

    • Kevin Reis is the founder of NativeScapes, LLC, which provides ecological consultation and landscape design services that include exotic invasive plant species removal and planting plan design and installation. They have designed and installed rain gardens, streambank restoration projects and perennial gardens for residential and non-profit organizations.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BES, Evergreen State College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Lisa Roman

    • Email: lroman@temple.edu
    • Lisa Roman is a landscape designer with extensive expertise in presentation graphics using software including AutoCAD, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and SketchUp. She is a hands-on and resourceful researcher seeking new sources in sustainable design and new techniques.

      BLA, Pennsylvania State University
      Certificate in Entrepreneurship and International Business Development, MIB Trieste School of Management, Italy

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Will Ryan

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Kathleen Salisbury

    • Email: kathleen.salisbury@temple.edu
    • Website: https://ambler.temple.edu/arboretum/about-ambler-arboretum
    • Kathy Salisbury enjoys the wonder of hands-on horticulture and sharing the experience with others. As director of the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, she creates connections between people and plants, building an understanding that access to nature is essential and must be protected for everyone.

      MS, University of Delaware
      BS, Delaware Valley University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Peg Schofield

    • Email: margaret.schofield@temple.edu
    • Peg Schofield is an educator and registered horticultural therapist in the Philadelphia region. She presents workshops and horticultural therapy sessions, working with individuals dealing with PTSD, stress-related illnesses and those coping with grief experiences.

      MA, Villanova University
      BA, Marywood University
      BAS, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Kevin Selger

    • Kevin Selger is the office manager for Gilmore & Associates, Inc., which provides civil engineering, landscape architecture, urban design, geotechnical consulting and environmental consulting services. He manages projects and contracts, maintains client relationships and provides design leadership, among many other responsibilities.

      MLArch, North Carolina State University
      BSLA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Priscilla Shaffer

    • Email: priscilla.shaffer@temple.edu
    • Priscilla Shaffer facilitates the awareness of the interconnectedness in creative endeavors and life. Inviting students to divorce themselves from their cultural inheritance to see the world anew, she provides a safe place for them to go within and bring forth new possibilities when composing their designs.

      BA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      AS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Nathan Shampine

    • Nathan Shampine is the natural lands manager of the Mt. Cuba Center—a 530-acre botanical garden in Delaware’s Appalachian Piedmont that is critical to preserving the integrity of the remaining natural habitats of this physiographic region in Delaware.

      BS, State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry
      AAS, Finger Lakes Community College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Donna Shumpert

    • Email: donna.shumpert@temple.edu
    • Donna Shumpert is a landscape designer for ForeSite Associates, Inc, a land planning, civil engineering and land surveying firm.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BS, Delaware Valley University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Erin Smith

    • Email: erin.smith0001@temple.edu
    • Erin Smith works in the land stewardship department for the region’s leading land conservation organization, Natural Lands. She is able to bring her hands-on experience in environmental restoration and natural resource management practices to the classroom.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BSBA, Slippery Rock University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Sharee Solow

    • Website: www.solowhorticulturaldesigns.com
    • Sharee Solow seeks to expand the meaning of “garden” by advocating and developing visionary breadth through designs, lectures, articles and classes when mentoring others. Her academic credentials, Japanese design certificates and international travel inform her aesthetic choices for private clients.

      MS, Jefferson University
      BS Hort, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BSLA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BFA, Florida State University
      Certificate in Fundraising Management, University of Pennsylvania
      Certificates in Japanese Garden History, Construction, Maintenance from Kosugi Garden Seminar, Japan

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Stephen Souza

    • Owner of Clean Waters Consulting, LLC and founder of Princeton Hydro, LLC, Stephen J. Souza has over 35 years of project experience managing and restoring aquatic ecosystems and implementing green infrastructure stormwater management solutions. Among his numerous awards is the New York State Federation of Lake Associations' Lake Tear of the Clouds Award, the New York State Federation of Lake Assocation's highest honor.

      PhD, University of Connecticut
      MS, Rutgers University
      BS, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Derek Suomi

    • Email: derek.suomi@temple.edu
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      BS, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      AAS, Tidewater Community College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Ken Tomczuk

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Nicholas Upmeyer

    • Nick Upmeyer is an architectural project coordinator with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, where he designs and manages the construction of city park improvements. His professional interests include novel ecosystems, urban agriculture and green stormwater infrastructure.

      MLArch, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University
      BA, Oberlin College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Carter van Dyke

    • Email: carter.vd@temple.edu
    • Website: www.cvda.com
    • Carter van Dyke is the founding partner of Carter van Dyke Associates, a Philadelphia-region based firm of planners and landscape architects that serves both public and private clients, like academic campuses, healthcare and therapeutic facilities, public spaces, public gardens, corporate centers, economic revitalization and sustainable economic design practices for communities.

      MLArch, University of Pennsylvania
      BA, Rutgers University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Judy Venonsky

    • Judy Venonsky passionately pursues the intersection of ecology, art and science. She is a practicing Landscape Architect and Associate at OLIN where she spearheads the Eco Lab research team, infusing design excellence with emerging knowledge of complex ecological webs.  

      MLArch, University of Pennsylvania
      BA, Moore College of Art & Design

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Bess Wellborn-Yates

    • Email: bess.wellborn@temple.edu
    • Bess Wellborn Yates is particularly interested in sites with complex histories and their intersection with community-based design initiatives and urban ecological restoration. She teaches landscape design studios, courses related to urban trees and greening, as well as the history of landscape architecture.

      MLA, University of Virginia School of Architecture
      BA, Geology Wellesley College

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Robert Wells

    • Robert Wells is the associate director of arboriculture at the Morris Arboretum, University of Pennsylvania. He has more than 35 years of experience as the owner of a private tree care firm in New Jersey, is an active member of the Tree Care Industry Association and the American Society of Consulting Arborists and has served as the chair of the Princeton Township Shade Tree Commission for 15 years.

      MES, University of Pennsylvania
      BS, Rutgers University

  • Adjunct Professor
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Brent Whiting

    • Email: brent.whiting@temple.edu
    • Brent Whiting utilizes his experience from professional landscape architecture firms and as executive director of Information Systems for Temple University's Information Technology and Services Department to prepare students for the system and software demands that exist in modern day design firms.

      BSLA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University

  • Professor Emeritus
    Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Mary Myers, PhD, RLA, ASLA

    • Email: mary.myers@temple.edu
    • Phone: 267-468-8173
    • Office: Dixon Hall 107
    • Mary Myers is a registered landscape architect whose years in practice inform her teaching, research and outreach. She is the author of Andrea Cochran: Landscapes, and co-author of the anthology Sustainable Design. She has also served as President of the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (CELA)—a national and international organization for landscape architecture professors—and was honored with the designation of CELA Fellow in 2010. An avid proponent of using science as a basis for design, she spearheaded development of Tyler's Master of Landscape Architecture program with a concentration in Ecological Landscape Restoration.

      PhD, Heriot Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
      MLA, Harvard University
      BSLA, University of Wisconsin
      AA, Finch College